Starting in 1972, active firefighter Sam Oruch passionately introduced visitors to firefighter memorabilia and artifacts from Oklahoma City’s blaze-battling past. He gave his museum tour for 33 years—a tradition carried on today by the museum’s current staff. Today, guests can still admire a collection of more than 7,000 firefighter patches, explore a replica of a fire station from the early 1900s, and gaze upon the collection of fire trucks that includes one that dates back to 1910.
As guests enter, they pass the Murrah Memorial, which honors the bravery of rescue workers in the aftermath of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. The museum also boasts a collection of firefighting uniforms and The Last Alarm, a mural painted by Lynn Campbell that with images of the vehicles and industry-grade snowballs used to fight fires throughout American history.